Rio 2016: Irish in action on Day 12
Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire tee off and Ciara Everard runs in the 800m heats
Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow fly the flag for Ireland in the women’s golf, which gets underway on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty
The build up to the men’s golf competition revolved around speculation over who would and who would not turn up, with Rory McIlroy among a number of high profile withdrawals. There have been no such concerns with the women’s competition however, and golf’s great and good are present in Rio and ready to tee off on Wednesday. Ireland have two representatives - Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow - in what will be the first ever women’s Olympic golf tournament. Maguire, who is the number one ranked amateur in the world, has the honour of teeing off in the first group alongside Kelly Tan of Malaysia and home favourite Miriam Nagl at 11.30am. Meadow tees off at 12.52pm, and she is playing with Malaysia’s Michelle Koh and Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen.
Ciara Everard’s Olympics get underway in the 800m heats. The 26-year-old is out in the first of eight heats, with the top two in each and the next eight fastest athletes progressing into Thursday night’s semi-finals. Everard is the Irish indoor 800m record holder with a time of 2.02.54 and is competing in her first Olympic games. She qualified for the Games after running a time of 2.01.21in Belgium in 2015, and will have her work cut out if she wants to make it through to the next round.